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Dr Jonathan Carnegie[edit]

Dr. Jonathan Carnegie (29 November 1965) is an Australian born educator and journalist.


As a journalist, he spent the early 1990s travelling extensively through the Third World reporting mainly on the plight of children from war torn countries including Vietnam,[1] Cambodia[2] [3], India [4], El Salvador [5][6], Nicaragua [7],Uganda and Sudan.[8] His articles were published internationally[9] and later compiled into a book titled Just Passing By: Portraits of the Third World.[10]

On his return to Australia, he embarked on a teaching career at Melbourne’s Trinity Grammar School. During this period, Carnegie also began working with AFL football personality and philanthropist, Jim Stynes.[11] Stynes and his business partner, director and movie producer, Paul Currie worked with Carnegie to help integrate their youth charity, The Reach Foundation, into the nation’s mainstream school system.[12] Carnegie, Stynes and Currie collaborated in the writing of two best selling self help books Heroes[13] and Finding Heroes.[14]

World Reconciliation Day[edit]

In 2000, Carnegie worked with entrepreneur Graeme Alford[15] to bring former South African President Nelson Mandela[16] to Australia[17] in attempt to address the issues of National Reconciliation. In conjunction with Adam Radly of the Radly Foundation,[18] the event was web cast around the world and became a pivotal moment in the Australia’s journey towards reconciliation with its indigenous peoples.[19]

World Reconciliation Day featured Australian music talent including Paul Kelly, Christina Anu and Killing Heidi[20]. It was attended by over 35,000 Victorian School Children and broadcast throughout the world via one of the first international Internet based streaming events.[21] The highlights of the event were two speeches one delivered by former American boxer, Rubin Hurricane Carter[22] and the other by Nelson Mandela himself.[23]

In 2000, Carnegie also released the book Reconciliation: It Starts with Me which bought many of Mandela’s philosophies together with Carnegie’s own experiences and the work of Sir Gus Nosal to create a blue print for reconciliation both in Australia and around the world.[24] The book formed part of a nationwide educational push which also included a documentary created by Adam Radly and featuring Morgan Freeman, George Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson and Henry Kissinger.[25]

Alternative Education and the Jon Carnegie School[edit]

In 2003, Carnegie left mainstream teaching to start his own school The Jon Carnegie School (JCS).[26] JCS represented the culmination of Carnegie’s teaching experiences and the curriculum was developed based on his 2002 Doctoral thesis which addressed the issues of teaching ‘at risk’ youth in a mainstream system.[27]

The Jon Carnegie School was registered in 2006 but came under immediate fire from bureaucratic authorities who considered the school did not meet mainstream expectations.[28] Carnegie fought the decision in court[29] and continued to operate as an independent charity outside the auspice of the Department of Education.[30]

In 2019 Carnegie also become an outspoken advocate for sexually abused children in Australia writing articles about the miscarriage of justice in the trial of senior Vatican cleric, Catholic priest Cardinal George Pell[31] as well as producing the documentary We Don’t Want To Talk About It with Australian actor and director Senie Priti (in production).

Honours and Awards[edit]

Carnegie’s work in education was recognized by a number of awards[32] including The Victorian Excellence in Teaching Award 2000, The Australian Excellence in Teaching Award 2000, The Commonwealth Teacher’s Prize for Excellence 2001 and The John O Miller Award for Contribution to Education 2001

In the years which followed, Carnegie continued to teach and embarked on the national and international speaking circuit, where he shared the stage with the likes of Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Tim Russert and Randal Kennedy.[33]

Early Life[edit]

Carnegie was born in Sydney Australia in 1965. His mother, noted Australian author, Sally Morrison,[34] raised him alone and they lived together in Sydney and then moved to Melbourne in 1972. Carnegie attended Kew State School and later went onto Trinity Grammar School, where he graduated as School Vice-Captain in 1983.

Personal Life[edit]

Carnegie went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University, A Diploma of Youth Work from RMIT and a Doctorate in Education from Charles Darwin University. He also played AFL football in the VAFA from 1984 to 1989.[35] He was married to Catherine Rudden from 2008 to 2017 and they had two children James Carnegie in 2006 and Annie Carnegie in 2009.


•1994 Just Passing By[36] ISBN: 0949873519

•1995 What It Takes[37] ISBN: 0646230530

•1996 To Be Your Best[38] ISBN 064628259X

•2000 Reconciliation: it starts with me: an activity book[39] ISBN: 9780957739567

•2002 Dream on: the journey of Kijana - making it happen[40] ISBN: 174066017X

•2005 Beyond the wave : a tsunami survivor's story[41] ISBN: 9781741148060

•2006 Heroes[42] ISBN: 1865087254

•2006 Finding Heroes[43] ISBN: 1741147573  

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  1. Carnegie, J 1995, ‘The black hole of Vietnam’, The Sunday Age, 16 April, p.11.
  2. Carnegie, J 1993, ‘NGA’s return to year zero’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June, p.27.
  3. Carnegie, J 1994, ‘Cambodia’s Deserted Playground’, The Sunday Age, 24 April, p.9.
  4. Carnegie, J 1994, ‘Calcutta’s span: a bridge too far’, The Sunday Age, 15 May, p.9.
  5. Carnegie, J 1996, ‘Chronic fatigues syndrome’, The Sunday Age, 28 April, p.11.
  6. Carnegie, J 1994, ‘Peaceful reminder of a tragic history’, The Sunday Age, 18 December, p.9.
  7. Carnegie, J 1994, ‘Peaceful reminder of a tragic history’, The Sunday Age, 18 December, p.9.
  8. Carnegie, J 1995, ‘Left holding the baby’, The Sunday Age, 28 May, p.11.
  9. Carnegie, J 1990, ‘The Land of Smiles’, TNT magazine UK, Issue 354, p.53.
  10. Carnegie, J 1994, Just Passing By: Portraits of the Third World, Hudson Publishing, Hawthorn.
  11. "Jim Stynes".
  12. "Paul Currie (Director)".
  13. Carnegie, J, Currie, P &Stynes, J 2003, Heroes, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  14. Carnegie, J &Stynes, J 2006, Finding Heroes, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  15. Silvester, J 2019, ‘When criminals and lawyers collide’, The Age, 31 May, viewed 3 December 2020, <>.
  16. "Nelson Mandela".
  17. Reconciliation Australia 2013, ‘Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace and reconciliation’, Reconciliation Australia, 5 December, viewed 3 December 2020, <>.
  18. Adam Radly, ‘World Reconciliation Day’, Adam Radly, viewed 4 January 2021, <>.
  19. Reconciliation Australia 2021, Chapter 6 The people’s movement- making a difference, Reconciliation Australia, viewed 5 January 2021,
  20. IOL 2000, ‘Aussie schoolboys ‘stoked’ over Mandela visit’, IOL, 25 July, viewed 3 December 2020, <>.
  21. Reconciliation Australia 2013, ‘Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace and reconciliation’, Reconciliation Australia, 5 December, viewed 3 December 2020, <>.
  22. "Rubin Carter".
  23. Mandela, N 2000, Australia: Nelson Mandela Speech, 8 September, Melbourne, viewed 7 January 2020, <>.
  24. Carnegie J & Hastings T 2000, Reconciliation: It Starts With Me, Passionfruit Education, Camberwell.
  25. Face of Unity. (2014). [DVD]. Directed by Adam Radly and Robert Rippberger. USA: Aletheia Films and I Imagine.
  26. The Jon Carnegie School 2020, About Us, The Jon Carnegie School, viewed 14 December 2020, <>.
  27. Carnegie, J 2003, ‘Learning Journeys: where middle school boys become autonomous learners’, Charles Darwin University, viewed 14 December 2020, <>.
  28. Peter Munro 2012, ‘School for misfits has its own fight’, Sydney Morning Herald, July 29, viewed 14 December 2020, <>.
  29. ABC 2010, ‘Bureaucrat versus educational cowboy’, ABC, viewed December 14 2020,<>.
  30. ACNC 2020, The Carnegie School Inc, ACNC, viewed 14 December 2020, <>.
  31. Carnegie, J 2019 ‘Why we’ve got a hearing problem over child abuse’,The Herald Sun, November 10 November, viewed 5 January 2020 <>.
  32. Private Schools Directory 2020, The Jon Carnegie School, Private Schools Directory, viewed 14 December 2020, <>.
  33. ISBC 2006, Summary of Conference programs, ISBC, viewed January 4 2021, <>.
  34. "Sally Morrison".
  35. OTGAFC 2018, Old Trinity Grammarians Amateur Football Club: 65 Years of OTGAFC History, OTGAFC, viewed 14 December 2020<>.
  36. Carnegie, J 1994, Just Passing By: Portraits of the Third World, Hudson Publishing, Hawthorn.
  37. Carnegie, J and Watson, T 1995, What it takes Trinity Grammar School Press, Kew.
  38. Carnegie, J 1996, To be your best, Trinity Grammar School Press, Kew
  39. Carnegie, J 2000Reconciliation: it starts with me: an activity book, Passionfruit Education, Camberwell.
  40. Carnegie, J and Martin, J 2002, Dream on: the journey of Kijana - making it happen, Hardie Grant, South Yarra.
  41. Broadbridge, T and Carnegie, J 2005,Beyond the wave : a tsunami survivor's story', Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  42. Carnegie, J, Currie, P &Stynes, J 2003, Heroes, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  43. Carnegie, J &Stynes, J 2006, Finding Heroes, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.